“I was sexually harassed by Scott Baio and ultimately assaulted by him between the ages of 12 and 15 years old,” Polinsky told a gathering of reporters. The now 43-year-old Alexander Polinsky, who played Adam Powell on the long-running sitcom, detailed allegations in a news conference alongside celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom and fellow “Charles in Charge” actress Nicole Eggert at Bloom’s Woodland Hills office Wednesday morning.
Last month, Eggert – who played Jamie Powell on the show – accused Baio of inappropriately touching her when she was 14 and carrying on an inappropriate sexual relationship with her as a minor. Polinsky Wednesday said that during the first season of the show, he walked in on Eggert sitting on Baio’s lap. Eggert said he “misjudged” the situation, and when he himself tried to jump in Baio’s lap, Baio shoved him off and called him a gay slur.
“I saw their relationship develop on the set in the coming months and years and it was very distressing to me to see a man I looked up to behaving in this way with someone who is very close to my age,” Polinsky said.
Polinsky claims Baio used repeated gay slurs against him and told him inappropriate stories about “his sexual conquests with young girls and the costars of the show.” One time Baio “pulled down my pants in front of over one hundred people,” and on another occasion, “exposed his genitals to me,” Polinsky added.
However, Polinsky emphasized that he was not himself sexually abused by Baio.
“There was no sexual abuse,” Baio said.
Bloom told reporters that Eggert filed a Los Angeles police report against Baio on Feb. 6. Polinsky also spoke to police at that time, Bloom disclosed.
“There is a possibility of criminal action,” Bloom said.
Eggert told “The Dr. Oz Show” that they were in a car outside his home when Baio “reached out and started touching me, below the belt, in the female parts.” She said Baio made it clear that nobody could know, that it was illegal and “everybody could lose their job, even myself…so I stayed silent.”
Eggert who also made the allegations on “Megyn Kelly Today,” said Baio had sexual intercourse with her when she was 17. The age of consent in California is 18.
“He sort of manipulated me in the way of, ‘Let me get you ready for boys your own age,’” Eggert said. “I agreed to that. It was awkward to say the least.”
Baio is more than 11 years older than Eggert.
John Bolton Ordered Staff to Report Trump and Guiliani Because of Illegal Ukrainian “Drug Deal.”
The New York Times is reporting that, responding to the Ukraine scandal, Trump aide John Bolton warned “Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everyone up.”
Seems he was fired because he would have no part of President Donald Trump’s off-the-books shadow government Ukraine extortion scandal. Bolton also apparently implicated both the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvany.
“I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Bolton told senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs Fiona Hill to tell White House lawyers, The New York Times reports in a bombshell article late Monday night.
Bolton, who resigned from the Trump administration hours before President Trump tweeted he had fired him, instructed Hill “to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council that Mr. Giuliani was working with Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on a rogue operation with legal implications,” Hill told House of Representatives investigators on Monday.
EMERGENCY: Turkey Holding US Nukes Hostage
The military situation near the Turkish border in Syria remains in flux, with allegiances shifting quickly amid uncertainty of how everything will shake out. But the fast-moving developments also have drawn attention to a lesser-known fact of US foreign policy:
The Pentagon has about 50 tactical nuclear weapons stored in Turkey at its Incirlik Air Base, reports Business Insider. The big question: Is it still safe to keep them there now that US-Turkey relations are fraying? Related coverage:
- Under review: Officials in the State and Energy departments have begun “quietly reviewing” plans to evacuate the weapons, reports the New York Times. “Those weapons, one senior official said, were now essentially Erdogan’s hostages,” writes David Sanger. “To fly them out of Incirlik would be to mark the de facto end of the Turkish-American alliance. To keep them there, though, is to perpetuate a nuclear vulnerability that should have been eliminated years ago.
- In vaults: The bombs have been stored in underground vaults at Incirlik since the 1960s, per a backgrounder in the New Yorker. That goes back to the days when Incirlik turned into a crucial Cold War base. The story says the vaults “hold about fifty B-61 hydrogen bombs—more than 25% of the nuclear weapons in the NATO stockpile.”
This intervention has precipitated an all-new crisis in the region, prompted the start of at least a tactical withdrawal of U.S. forces from much of the country amid concerns they could be caught in the fighting, and led to calls for an arms embargo and major sanctions on the Turkish government.
Matt Gaetz Caught Spying for Trump
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) was reportedly booted from a closed-door interview of President Donald Trump’s former top Russia aide, Fiona Hill.
According to CNN’s Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Rajuand others, Rep. Gaetz, known as a vociferous defender of President Trump and his agenda, was ejected just before the proceeding began.
“Matt Gaetz emerges from closed-door interview with Fiona Hill saying he was kicked out by House Democrats [because] he’s not a member of the three committees conducting the interview,” Raju reported just before 11 a.m. Monday morning. “He said he consulted with the House parliamentarian, who ruled that he could not be there.”
Hill was testifying in front of the House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs committees as part of their impeachment inquiry into Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and subsequent efforts to conceal the content of the conversation. Hill was subpoenaed by the committees.
Rep. Gaetz is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and does not sit on any of the committees that subpoenaed Hill. Gaetz, as you’ll see, was quick to point out that House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) claimed to have begun an impeachment inquiry before Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) backed one and before the three other committees got involved.
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